Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Understanding and integrating an environmental framework for building projects in order for them to contribute to making healthy, safe and sustainable places is the focus of this unit. Principles of performative technical design approaches and building science will be studied, with consideration for their impacts on both the design process and the whole life of a built project. Students will acquire knowledge to help them make conscious design decisions and actions for our future living environments.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate the operational and embodied carbon implications of procurement methods, materials, components and construction systems; (2) investigate, coordinate and integrate sustainable environmental systems – including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics – in a design project; and (3) identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability – such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions – over the lifecycle of a project.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests and (2) case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Philip Goldswain
Unit rules
Enrolment in
25520 Master of Architecture
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Certified protective work helmet, hard-capped safety footwear, safety glasses, high-visibility vest (estimated cost - $150.00).
Contact hours
Seminars: up to 3 hours per week
Students must have a certified protective work helmet and appropriate clothing, including hard-capped safety footwear and safety glasses to be worn during site visits. Enrolled students can access unit materials via the LMS (Learning Management System).

National Construction Code (NCC) and Australian Standards

The NCC regulates the design and construction of buildings in Australia. The NCC references more than 120 Australian Standards. Copies of all Australian Standards are available online via the Education, Fine Arts and Architecture (EDFAA) Library. The electronic copy of the NCC in EDFAA also contains links to the standards referenced in the NCC.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.